Lend a Hand at Wednesday Trivia!

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With some truly horrendous weather moving into the region, our field was slightly smaller than usual, as Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 61 teams across ten venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Topics from Wednesday’s first round included the locations of Sea World theme parks, comets, both versions of the thriller film Cape Fear, and words that include the letters ‘FUN’.  With few surprises in the opening stanza, eight teams began their night with a score of 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question dealt with the Coolio song Gangsta’s Paradise and its inclusion in the Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds.   Needless to say, we were more flexible than the Jeopardy! judges regarding acceptable misspellings.  Later in the round, we asked a question that provided one of the most surprising results we’ve seen in a long time:

  • In terms of land area, each of the four largest cities in the United States is larger than the state of Rhode Island.  All four of these cities are located in which U.S. state?

When we wrote this question, we (correctly) assumed that few people would have heard this fact before, but we (incorrectly) assumed that most people would gravitate towards a seemingly obvious answer.  Our erroneous expectation was that the logical choice would be to pick the largest state, but only THREE teams responded correctly with Alaska.  Though we closed the round with far easier questions about criminal trials and Queen Elizabeth, we did not see any perfect second round scores on Wednesday.

HALFTIME:

People and characters with geographic names (or nicknames) were paired with video game systems on Wednesday’s halftime page.  Also falling on the more difficult side, the average score reached just 14.1 points, with none of our teams posting a perfect score.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

The start of Wednesday’s third round slammed our teams with a trio of diabolical questions.  First, as a follow-up bonus to a question regarding works of literature set in Oklahoma, we asked the field to identify the playwright who penned August: Osage County.  Only ONE team (Archived! from GearHouse) picked up these two bonus points with the correct answer of Tracy Letts.  Next, we asked the the most difficult wagering question of the second half:

  • Which six-letter word is derived from a Greek phrase meaning ‘circle of animals’?

Just seven teams responded correctly with zodiac.  This painful stretch of questions concluded with our nightly Three Clues question:

  • CLUE 1: This show won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first three seasons.
  • CLUE 2: This show was cancelled by ABC, but picked up by NBC for its fifth and final season in 1982.

Only four teams were bold enough to forgo the final clue and earn two bonus points with the early the correct answer of Taxi.  We concluded the third round with questions regarding the Jerusalem artichoke and the Battle of the Bulge from World War II, but once again, no perfect scores were recorded.

FOURTH ROUND:

Wednesday’s final round discussed the crime film Donnie Brasco, the Super Bowl victories of the 1990s by the Denver Broncos, Clairol hair products, and the deadly piranha.  After a drought of perfect scores, Stink Fist (Idiom) and Lone Strangers (T. J. Stone’s) each notched 36 points en route to a perfect final round.  Here is Wednesday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (32.3% success rate):

  • Often found in tropical climates, which member of the Arecaceae family earned its common name due to its resemblance to a specific part of the human anatomy?

Nearly one-third of the field responded correctly with the palm tree.  Thanks to a rather difficult third round, none of our teams earned a Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Out of Controllers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Video Game Franchises)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Periodic Table)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Iceland)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Scott Looks Different  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 – Pharmaceutical Drug or Pokemon Character?)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Archived  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Iceland)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Stink Fist  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British Punk Rock)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: The Legend of Taylor Heinicke  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Madonna Songs)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Virtual Cigar  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: B-52 Bomber)

Meinelschmidt Distillery in Hagerstown, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Haunted Places)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Whiskey and Sunshine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Bond)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Trending Towards Fourth (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: William Sherman)